The leadership gap discourse and the leadership industries in China

Jonas Newrzella

Student thesis: Master thesis


I explore the cultural and historical dynamics that shape the supply and demand for leadership development products and services in China. The rapid development of the leadership industries in China contributes to the ambiguity of what constitutes leadership development. I identify and analyze the discourse of a ‘leadership gap’ that under girds the growth of these industries in the Chinese context. Drawing on the production of leadership perspective, and its roots in the production of culture perspective, I map out the leadership industries in four Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. I also conduct qualitative interviews with key players, and analyze occupational and promotional texts, in order to understand the discourse of a ‘leadership gap’, and the particular ways in which it serves to promote leadership development products and services in the Chinese market.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2012
Number of pages88